It’s very rare for my fiancé G and I to go away on a little trip and immediately want to book the same hotel again for the second time. Not because we haven’t loved our previous holiday stays, but because there are so many beautiful parts of the world and hotels we want to stay in and we simply want to experience as many as we can… HOWEVER, we both left our two night trip at Harrogate’s Rudding Park Spa + Hotel IMMEDIATELY wanted to go back as soon as we possible could. In fact, whilst having breakfast in bed there on our first morning, we tried to work out just how long we could stay at this hotel if we spent all of our life savings here… lol!
I simply can’t gush about this hotel experience enough. It was incredible. Maybe because it was our first trip away from home in 10 months due to lockdown, or maybe it’s because it was just incredible – from service/food/staff/spa – it was all just superb. Let’s get straight into the proper review.
Why we choose Rudding Park: After almost a year locked in our home, G and I were desperate to escape normal life for a night or two to completely relax and switch off. We went to Yorkshire for a week to spend some quality time with G’s parents and decided that before we left, it’d be nice to have some romantic quality time together! G had been to a Christmas party or two at Rudding Park and had heard about it’s incredible spa, but hadn’t yet properly been and so we decided to book on for two nights. It was the decision we’d made all year.
The hotel/bedroom: We booked to stay in the Broughton Suite. Not because we’re fussy about the hotel rooms we stayed in, but simply because we aren’t organised and had left it too late to book and this was the only room left for the dates we were visiting! It was pretty pricey (I’m not going to lie) but there were complimentary extras added on which made it worth it (you can read those at the rating + cost section below).
Our suite was HUGE. So huge that it had two bathrooms and a living room! It felt like we had our own little home with views over the grounds and with the added bonus of breakfast in bed – winning. We had a king size bed so we could both starfish to our hearts content and a bathroom each which was such a treat. Similarly, the rest of the hotel was beautiful. We spent quite a bit of time in the hotel library which we always had to ourselves, where we ate prawn mayo sandwiches and read our books. The hotel also has some lovely grounds to walk around and explore, including a kitchen garden which you must explore if you visit!
The Food: There are two restaurants at Rudding Park Hotel. First is the Clocktower Brassierie which is the main hotel eatery. This is where you will have your breakfasts the morning after, but also where you can book for cocktails/wine/lunch and dinner. We went here on the 2nd evening and I had a tiger prawn + monkfish tikka skewer which was lovely.
However the real star of our stay was the second restaurant, named Horto and located next to the spa. Horto (latin for kitchen garden) specialises in Contemporary Fine Dining and has 3 AA Rosettes. The menu is dictated by the seasonal ingredients grown in Rudding Park’s kitchen garden (which by the way is huge). The menu is so interesting, stating that you can choose a selection of seasonal dishes (rather than your average starter,main course, dessert) and they are bought to the table when ready. They recommend a minimum of four dishes per person and.. WOW. we were blown away by every dish that we were presented with. We had sourdough layered pesto rolls with roast chicken butter and honey butter, we had a New York Deli Beef tartare with French toast, a Tomato + Lobster dish with iced tomato consommé and the most incredible Asparagus I’ve eaten in my life, with morels and mrs Kirkhams cheese!! If you have a sweet tooth, I would highly recommend the Chocolate Experience after your savoury food which is ultimately layers upon layers of chocolate, each one delicious. Every dish has a bit of theatre and we were just blown away. I can’t rave about this restaurant enough – I’d come back purely to eat here again!
The Spa / Rooftop:
There is a swimming pool and sauna available to hotel guests, but also a special rooftop spa which you can use for four hours a day, which was another highlight of our trip. It’s complete with multiple steam rooms, saunas, experience showers, foot spas, a sunlight therapy room, jacuzzi and best of all, a hydro-therapy thermal infinity pool set at around 40 degrees, which was our absolutely favourite. You can order a drink at the spa bar and it gets bought out to you in the pool so you can sip whilst you relax. It was heaven. There’s also plenty of seats, sunbeds and multiple nooks and crannys you can shut out the rest of the world and just listen to birdsong.
The staff + Service:
The last thing I wanted to mention was just how wonderful the staff were at making us feel so welcome, at home and catered for. Everyone was just lovely and the service left us just wanting to go back immediately. I’ve been to many beautiful hotels and whilst great, sometimes the food or service has been a let down but at Rudding Park, everyone was knowledgable, friendly and memorable.
Rating and cost:
So the suite we stayed in was pretty pricey at just over £500 per night, however included you get complimentary 4 hour access to the rooftop spa per day and a £43 supplement for dinner per person per night which cut our food costs down lots. I would rate Rudding Park 5/5. There wasn’t anything I’d change about this whole experience, except to have stayed there longer!
I recommend this fully and since we’ve been back, we convinced another friend of ours to visit with his family and they too had the best time. I just can’t wait to go back.
Have you been to Rudding Park Harrogate before?
Lots of love, Katie x